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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Hugh Bonneville

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Concerti Grossi; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: Stephen Layton, featured conducting Poulenc's Gloria.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... concerti grossi'. Sarah explores this characteristic sound world of the baroque period, showcasing works by composers such as Handel and Corelli (the first person to actually publish a work called 'concerto grosso') and looking at the influence of the form on 20th-century composers including Vaughan Williams.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

Sarah's guest this week is the stage and screen actor Hugh Bonnevillle. Hugh is a familiar face to television audiences having taken leading roles in the award-winning Downton Abbey and the comedy series Twenty Twelve and W1A, as well as enjoying success on the big screen with recent films including Paddington and The Monuments Men. Hugh will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music with Sarah every day at 10am.

Sarah's artist of the week is the conductor Stephen Layton. Layton is regarded as one of world's finest interpreters of choral music and has won accolades for his direction of choirs including Polyphony, the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Holst Singers. Layton is also a champion of new music and throughout the week Sarah features his recordings of works by composers ranging from Bruckner and Handel to MacMillan and Pärt.

Susan Gritton (soprano)
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
Britten Sinfonia
Stephen Layton (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Francis Poulenc


    Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • DECCA.
  • Charles Avison

    Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 9 in D major

    Performer: Pavlo Beznosiuk. Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
    • NAXOS.
  • Montero

    Improvisation No. 3

    • ORCHID.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op.28

    Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
  • Edward Elgar

    Pomp and Circumstance March No 5 in C major

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Barcarolle, Op 108

    Performer: Cristina Ortiz. Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet.
    • NAXOS.
  • Charles Ives

    The Unanswered Question

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • CBS.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Romeo and Juliet - People's dance

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Armin Jordan.
    • Erato.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: In the Hall of the Mountain King

    Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Suite for keyboard - 1720 no. 8 (HWV.433) in F minor [complete]

    Performer: Ottavio Dantone.
    • Handel - Suites De Pieces Pour Le Clavecin Vol.2 Ottavio Dantone.
    • Arts.
    • 11.
  • Gerald Finzi

    It was a lover and his lass (Let us garlands bring, Op 18)

    Singer: Christopher Maltman. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Finzi, Gurney, Parry, Stanford: English Orchestral Songs: Maltman, BBCSSO, Brabb.
    • Hyperion.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No. 9

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
  • Francis Poulenc


    Singer: Susan Gritton. Choir: Polyphony. Choir: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Ugis Praulins

    Laudibus in sanctis

    Conductor: Stephen Layton. Choir: The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge.
  • William Boyce

    Symphony no. 5 in D

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • Gustav Holst

    Songs from The Princess, Op.20a

    Ensemble: Holst Singers. Conductor: Stephen Layton.

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